Top 3 Series I’m glad I waited out

Have you ever read a book, DNFed it or hated it the first time round and put it down, letting it simmer for a good few months before returning to pick it up again and then ended up loving it so much you can’t form words? Well, these three series did exactly that to me.

I used to DNF as though I was getting paid to do that (I’m not of course) but I’ve definitely been doing it lesser haha.

Sometimes, we chance upon the correct book at the correct time and we fall Irrevocably in love with it.

Here are my top 3 series I’m glad I waited out.

  1. The Mortal Instruments

    Okay, the first time round, I totally DNFed the book. I actually heard of this series because of the movie (which I totally didn’t like) and wanted to read the series, but I DNFed it because usually after I watch the movie or the TV show I can’t read the book because I already imagine everything in my head.

    The 2nd time I tried reading it, was more recent after I was waiting for the 2nd half of the 3rd season of the Shadowhunters TV (Which I did like) show did I finally pick up the series and I ended up LOVING it. I read it in this order (TMI 1-3, TID 1, TMI 4, TID 2 , TMI 5, TID 3, TMI 6, TDA 1-3).

    I was definitely daunted when I heard about the whole incest thing (which thankfully wasn’t the case as to the main characters), but it definitely threw me off at the start. Also, when I saw that there were 12 books, I was definitely daunted, but at that time, I had no idea it would change my life.

    I fell in the love with the series and world building and really grew to love the characters as though they were my own friends. I especially adored The Dark Artifices (I feel like a lot of people prefer TMI and TID).

  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses
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    The first time round, I definitely DNFed this book because I didn’t like it (It was when it was still fresh off the press). The 2nd time, many people (who have read the series) mentioned that things picked up in the 2nd book so I gave the series a go.

    And I totally fell in love with it.

    Similar the to the Shadowhunter chronicles, I ended up loving the characters (shoutout to Rhys and Azriel) and the world building even though I not a big fan of books with faeries. I did also see a spoiler for Rhys and I think I wanted to see what the hype was all about and gave in.

  3. Throne of Glass
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    And last on the list if Throne of Glass! As of now that I’m writing this post (11th August) I still haven’t read the other books (I’ve read the 1st two but forgot completely what happened). Though I saw smaller spoilers (not too life damaging), I can say that it has definitely piqued my interest in picking up the series and trying to finish it once and for all.

 

Special mention, The Cruel Prince! I didn’t DNF the book, but I definitely wasn’t impressed the first time round I read the 1st book. I didn’t understand why everyone was so hyped up about Jude and Cardan (Now I know). I gave it another go and really ended up liking it and continued on to The Wicked King which totally destroyed me. I need the last book ASAP.

So here are my top 3 series I glad I waited out! What about you? Are there book series you waited out and ended up loving or hating it? Let me know in the comments down below!

Top 3 languages I want to learn

I think I briefly mentioned these in my previous post where I talked about the top 5 places I would like to visit. But I would love to go into more detail!

  1. Japanese

    Out of the three, I can say that I’m the most ‘fluent’ in Japanese. I can’t read any Hiragana or Katakana though Kanji is really similar to Chinese characters (which I totally am horrible at) but I can kinda make sense of the romanji words. But if I watch an anime or Japanese show, I can understand at least 60% of what is going on, although if you ask me to translate it for you, it might not make sense or take me quite a while to translate it for you.

    The short module I took in school was pretty basic and didn’t teach us any Katakana or Hiragana at all, it only taught us basic conversational skills and there was a whole listening comprehension and a script (both in english and Japanese) we had to write and act out, but that was basically it. It was between that or business and I definitely chose Japanese HAHA.

  2. Korean

    Similar to Japanese, I also learnt Korean from watching variety shows and since I haven’t been watching them for very long, I only at most understand around 30% if you ask me to watch a show without subs. But mainly if I do try to speak or exclaim in Korean, I do get it mixed up with Japanese sometimes.

    Though unlike Japanese, I did try to learn the Hangul alphabet but couldn’t memorise all the letters (although I have them written down in a notebook).

  3. French

    Out of the three, I have no understanding of French at all, but I love the way it sounds. I grew more interested in France and its language after watching Miraculous ladybug.

A language I do know, is Mandarin, although I barely passed the subject. To me, learning Mandarin is tougher than Japanese or Korean, but I was thankful I had a teacher who didn’t give up on me and supported me in my methods of learning mandarin (I translated the meaning of the words and said them out loud and then wrote how to pronounce the words underneath the characters). I can say it paid off in the end although I did fail the first round of O levels (I got a D7) , but I retook it and got a C6!

What are some languages you would love to learn or what languages do you speak? Let me know down in the comments below!

Top 5 places I want to visit

I have no feels to read and decided to write a blog post since it’s been ages since I did that! (I have tons of new ideas but have so many older ones I haven’t wrote yet haha)

So you guys know I always gush about Japan and Korea, and those two are definitely on my lists, but without further ado, here are my top 5 places I want to visit!

(Okay I totally got distracted while looking at old photos I took, but I’m back)

  1. Japan

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    At number one, we definitely have Japan! I’ve been wanting to go to Japan ever since I was twelve years old and unfortunately still haven’t been there.

    I fell in love with anime at an early age and watch tons of anime over the years, so much that I can kinda understand basic Japanese and a few conversational sentences after watching anime for such a long time (I also took a short module for basic Japanese and got an A).

    Not to mention, I always hear that the etiquette and hospitality in Japan is amazing and has always wanted to go and experience it for myself. I would definitely love to try on a kimono! I would definitely love to see the cherry blossoms although they are seasonal but would also love to see one of their festivals and try sleeping on the tatami floor.

    The closest thing I had to Japan was that there was one time there was an exchange programme in my secondary school where there were Japanese students who came to visit, but I was paired up with one of my ‘friend’ to take care of one student and honestly that ‘friend’ didn’t like me at all and I didn’t dare to speak in Japanese to the student, although I definitely would have if it were one on one.

  2. Korea

    Number two on the list is Korea! My love for Korea began more recently, after I started watching Running man and other Korean variety shows (and the occasional Korean drama). I fell in love with the language (and even tried to learn it, but I learn better when I hear them speak it) and definitely the different types of food. I used to dislike kimchi until I fell in love the culture and now I love kimchi so much haha.

    I definitely would want to try their food and maybe even try on a Hanbok, the traditional clothes of the Korean usually worn during their new year celebrations.

    My brother had a chance to go to Korea early this year and brought back kimchi and tons of facial products! (He even bought a bookmark for me, AWWWW he NEVER gets anything for me).

  3. Paris

    Third on the list is Paris! This destination was also more recent after I fell in love with the cartoon, Miraculous Ladybug! I would totally love to go to Paris and see the locations before my very eyes.

    I have no idea of any French but wouldn’t mind learning if I had the chance!

  4. Greece

    Okay, for Greece, I found photos of Santorini while researching an older story (which I haven’t wrote) and totally fell in love. Although I heard that the actual place doesn’t look as vibrant as the photographs, it still looks amazing and I would definitely love to visit there someday. Also, I would love to visit the temple ruins!!

  5. Petra

    This destination was similar to how I found out about Greece, and this place is also called, wait for it…Rose city! I literally kinda have an obsession about roses and I definitely want to visit this place!

    The closest I’ve been to this place is when I used google street to walk through the streets HAHA.

 

So here are the top 5 places I want to visit, I hope you enjoyed them and leave a comment as to which place you would want to be on your top 5 list!

Top 10 favorite Disney films

It is no secret that I’m a big Disney fan, I love cartoons (and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t)! I think cartoons make things simpler and are a good way to escape from daily life. Unlike it’s real-life counterparts, cartoons are given more abilities to venture into different concepts and ideas that would easily be brushed off if the movie was trying to get it done in life-action instead.

I grew up on iconic Disney princess movies like Snow White, The Little mermaid, Sleeping beauty and even after I grew up, I still never stopped enjoying Disney movies. So I decided to write a top 10 list of my all time favourite Disney films!

1.Beauty and the Beast

Now, I think this is every bookworm’s favourite Disney movie and it’s obvious why! Our protagonist, Belle is a bookworm and people find her eccentric because of her bookish ways, but the Beast is able to understand her and even gifts her an entire library (Learn a little something from the Beast, boys). We also have an antagonist that is really general, Gaston, but because of being so general, he plays a villain that anyone can have in their lives.

I love the magic and sacrifice in this movie, and honestly, I still prefer the animated one over the life-action one. I just didn’t feel that the life-action one brought that magic and energy the original one had.

2.Atlantis: The lost empire

I only watched this movie more recently, but immediately fell in love with it! I’ve always loved myths and Atlantis is definitely one of them! The story in this film was so interesting and inspirational! It was full of adventure and technology and if you haven’t watched it, definitely check it out!

3.Wall-E

I also didn’t watch this movie until more recently, but I probably wouldn’t have understood it if I watched it when I was a kid! I love the whole dystopian aspect of the film and how important it is for us to take care of the Earth!

4.Tangled

I have always liked the story of Rapunzel ever since I first heard about it! I always found myself relating to her since I have strict Asian parents and always felt as though I was locked away on a tall tower. A ton of people called me Rapunzel because of my hair too (but It’s not that long, until my waist, probably).

I love that Rapunzel managed to escape the tower with Eugene’s help and the scenes in this movie were so romantic! Especially the lantern scene, that was definitely my favorite! Also, every song in this movie was SO GOOD!

5.Wreck it Ralph

I love that this movie was a way to connect Disney to the more modern times and it was so good! I can’t wait for the 2nd one to come out since I really enjoyed the first once! But most of the games inside weren’t the games from the 90s generation though and I wished they would have added more of them in.

6.Frozen

I know a ton of people disliked this movie, because of their children playing ‘Let it go’ non-stop, but the version by Demi Lovato was way better! Anyway, I actually LIKED Frozen more than Moana because Elsa was a character I really related too!

I also liked Anna because of nativity and her perfect example of how girls are (espcially when they wake up). But I really resonated with Elsa because of how much she has to hide her true self with this mask for the people of Arendelle. Elsa is also one of the Disney princesses well known for being an INFJ (same as me!) and I usually find myself relating to Let it go so much as well!

7.Zootopia

When I saw the trailer for Zootopia, I KNEW I was going to love this movie! And I definitely wasn’t disappointed when I watched it in the theatres! I love that the main protagonist was Judy, a rabbit (my nickname was rabbit, and until now I still have no idea why) and I really liked that a country bumpkin was exploring the city of zootopia for the first time while chasing her dreams. I love her interactions with Nick and the whole topic of predator vs prey.

8.Coco

I loved the culture in Coco and really enjoyed the magic of the entire movie! I also really liked that music played a large part in this movie alongside the strong ties of family relation! I would definitely recommend this movie if you haven’t watched it!

9.Lady and the tramp

This was the first Disney movie I really enjoyed watching (even before I watched Beauty and the Beast)! I will always remember the iconic spaghetti scene and the romance in this movie! Well, I’m a little curious as to how the live-action will turn out but will still definitely check it out!

10.High school musical

And the last on this list is the classic for all kids born in the 90s! High school musical was what I lived for! The awesome catchy songs and the dramatic high school life was so interesting!

The romance between Troy and Gabriella had everyone in tears and on a roller coaster of emotions!

Have you watched any of these movies? What are your personal favourites that are/are not on this list? Let me know in the comments down below!

Top 5 favourite (and recommended) Korean variety shows

Hello bookish friends! You already know I love books, movie and anime, but did you know I also enjoy Korean variety shows? Sorry to the Kdrama fans out there, but I don’t like dramas.😂

Without further ado, here is my top 5 list of Korean variety shows!

 

  1. Running Man


    I never really got into Running man until the show became immensely popular. Although my secondary school friends were buzzing about this show, at that point in time I didn’t feel that it was interesting or that I needed to watch it.

    When I finally got around to watching it though, this show really got me through a tough time. On those days that I hated life and didn’t feel like smiling at all, Running man would always come through for me and make my day very much brighter and within a few minutes into the show, I would be grinning from ear to ear at the cast’s hilarious antics.

  2. Infinity Challenge

    I got into this show a few years AFTER Running man, so I missed a lot of this show and it’s actually already ended.


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    holds another special place in my heart as the cast is equally lovable and funny at the same time. They go through impossible challenges and they grow with the show, which made it really meaningful to watch.

  3. Battle Trip
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    Watching Battle Trip is the next best thing to travelling to the actual location itself. Every episode, they have Korean celebrities to plan out itineraries to the country intended and the celebrities will take you with them as they explore the country, food and culture!

    Having a great wanderlust but being broke and having strict parents, watching Battle Trip is probably the only way I can get to see the world in the comfort of my own home.

  4. Hyori’s bed and breakfast
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    Hyori’s bed and breakfast is a more unique variety show, it follows the famous pop star, Hyori and her life living in Jeju Island. It’s slow paced and relaxing as they tackle the problems and fun that comes with running a bed and breakfast with their pets.

    I love that this variety show is really relaxing and it teaches you to take life one day at a time. It’s also pretty funny and emotional.

  5. The return of superman

    The return of superman is a variety show that gets celebrity Korean dads to take care of their children for 2 days while their mums can get some time away. (Just look at these cutie pies)

    I absolutely love this show and majority of the kids inside the show! Too bad a lot of my favourites have left already, but it’s nice to see the fathers interact with their children and we as an audience can see the children grow as well.